Welcome to our school
I hope you have enjoyed the holidays and are ready to come back for another exciting term. I am really looking forward to seeing all of you and supporting you on your learning journey.
Spring term highlights include an exploration of South America; A journey back in time to the era of Shakespeare and a class visitor linked to our artwork.
A variety of useful links to support home learning are at the bottom of the page.
Key dates to remember for the 1st half of this term
Monday 3rd February - 'Children's Mental Health Awareness Week' starts.
Tuesday 11th February - 'Safer Internet Day'.
Friday 14th February - School closes for the half-term holiday (3.30pm).
Monday 24th February - School reopens for the 2nd half of the Spring Term. 'Fairtrade Fortnight' begins.
Reading Records: To be returned & signed every day - Please bear in mind that there is a whole class reward linked to reading when 100% of reading logs are presented daily and appropriately signed by an adult.
Indoor PE: Tuesday pm - Please provide shorts & a t-shirt for this session. Barefoot is acceptable but black pumps are preferred to avoid injury.
Outdoor Games: Friday pm - Please ensure your child dresses appropriately for the weather.
PE Kits should stay in your child's locker for a half term.
Spelling revision - Given on Friday & tested on the following Friday
(Explore some of our revision methods at the bottom of the page)
Daily reading - please encourage your child to read for at least 20 minutes a day
Core - There will be 1 other piece which is linked to Maths, English or Science
Core homework will be given on Monday and is due back on the following Monday.
In addition to the above, Class 8 are introducing Fingertip Facts which are facts that are simply good to know.
There will be a termly quiz where your child will have lots of opportunities
to share facts learned and build upon their general knowledge.
All homework tasks which are returned by submission dates are rewarded with Dojo points.
Our Spring Learning
Children will continue to have a wealth of reading activities to engage with in order to enhance vocabulary development, inference and text retrieval three times per week as a whole class guided read. Some of these sessions will include our new class novel, 'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell which links very well with our geographical studies.
Author Katherine Rundell (b.1987)
For the first half of the spring term, we will explore William Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'. It is a story about Prospero who has been banished to a mysterious island along with his beautiful daughter Miranda. Whilst there, they find out that they are not alone ....!
Writing opportunities include:
"We are such stuff as dreams are made on...."
As we move into the second half of the term, our writing will be linked to our class read as well as our geography and science topics.
Writing opportunities include:
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
A high emphasis will be placed on key grammar and punctuation targets. This term children will develop an understanding of word classes and develop an ability to identify and explain the impact of them within sentences. Spellings will be focused on 3 times a week in short 10 minute sessions.
Our key focus this term will be on the reinforcement of all grammar and punctuation objectives ensuring a thorough grounding in these for SATs.
Daily mixed morning work will be completed every morning during register time to reinforce and enrich previous work done.
There will be regular arithmetic tasks to enable the children to try and achieve the expected standard by the end of year 5/6. In addition, there will be a weekly skill test to assess knowledge and understanding and to inform future targets.
Year six children will be revising all areas of KS2 Maths as our preparation for SATs begins. In addition, alongside our Year 5 children, this term we will explore the following:
Fractions, Decimals & Percentages
Ratio & Proportion
Four Operations consolidation work
Our lessons will lead us on a voyage of discovery to South America as we learn about the countries, culture and geography of this fascinating continent. Children will learn about the climate, the geographical features, the industries and the people & animals that inhabit South America.
We will conduct some local fieldwork tasks so that we can compare environments near and far away. We will also analyse the outcome of experiments that allow an insight into the issues with deforestation.
In Spring 1, we will explore 'Changes of State' and conduct experiments to determine which changes are reversible or irreversible. In Spring 2, We will link our science studies with our Geography work, learning about evolution and inheritance; specifically how living things change over time and how animals and plants adapt to suit their environment
This term children will learn how to create a blog and make regular contributions to a class blog. This will eventually be released online for parents to view. In addition, children will continue to develop their coding skills through Purple Mash.
To support our use of ICT, we will be developing our keyboard skills using a fun game called 'Dancemat'. You can play at home using the following link: Click Here
Our theme this term is "Getting on and Falling out"
Within this theme, we explore: Breaking friends and dealing with forgiveness; Working together and seeing things from someone else’s perspective and how to manage feelings of anger/resolve conflict.
PE and GAMES
Games: We will study netball and football – striking/fielding and game skills,
PE: We will be focusing on circuit training and gymnastic skills.
MUSIC et LE FRANÇAIS
will be taught by Ms Newton and by Mme Binns respectively on Thursday afternoons.
You may find the following websites useful in supporting your child's learning.
Below - 2 views of our fantastic 'Gaia' corridor display from the Autumn Term